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Strong and Active Love

Strong and Active Love   Presence of God – Lord, grant that my love for You may not be content with words, but prove itself in generous deeds. MEDITATION “Love is never idle” (Teresa of Jesus Interior Castle V, 4). When the true love of God enters the soul it gradually begets in it an interior dynamism so strong and forceful that it spurs it on to seek ever new ways of pleasing the Beloved, and makes it diligent in... Read More

Praying for the Dead: A Solidarity of Hope

  My heart goes to those whose loved ones have died in the recent fires in California, in their aftermath as well as in so many terrible acts of violence. Clearly, those of us who are close to these awful events cannot be indifferent and we must find ways to relieve the suffering of the living. But what about the plight of those who have died? Does our faith in Christ allow us to offer them relief and aid in their final journey... Read More

The Prayer Without Ceasing: Part 20 Mini-Course on Prayer

November 15, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Mass, Mass, The Mass

MINI-COURSE ON PRAYER SECTION 2  CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Part 20 – The Prayer Without Ceasing Editor's Note: in part 19, David Torkington discussed the importance of short, fervent prayers said throughout the day.  Today he reminds us of the centrality of that perfect prayer:  The Holy Mass, and our prayerful participation in it. The morning offering and its implementation, with which we should always begin our day, is not... Read More

The Development of Love

The Development of Love   Presence of God – My God, from all eternity You have gone before me with Your infinite love; increase my love for You. MEDITATION “What shall prevent God from doing that which He will in the soul that is resigned, annihilated, and detached?” (John of the Cross Ascent of Mt. Carmel II, 4,2). This statement of St. John of the Cross makes you understand that God has an immense desire to work in... Read More

A Battle for Something Beautiful

November 10, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Desolation, FEATURED, Perseverance, Suffering

Many of my closest friends, though they live disciplined and prayerful lives, struggle with various kinds of depression and painful sorrows.  They are tested beyond what seems humanly possible to bear.  Sometimes this struggle is related to exterior circumstances – a disease, the loss of a friend or an accident at work. At other times, this struggle emerges from within. Although counseling sometimes helps and other therapeutic... Read More

Dedication of Saint John Lateran

November 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Church, Feast Days, FEATURED, Liz Estler

Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran   Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. This anniversary has been observed on this date since the 12th century and is an important feast for the Church because Saint John Lateran is considered to be the mother church of all Christendom and is a sign of unity with, and devotion to, the Chair of Peter. To honor this celebration,... Read More

Saints suffering scrupulosity, best Catholic resources, and Gods presence during frustration.

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the spiritual life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Is God there when we are frustrated with life? How do I find the best resources? Is it bad to feel nothing when I meditate? How did the saints pray against the enemy? Saints suffering scrupulosity? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com – website EWTN Global Catholic Radio Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation EWTN... Read More

I Love the Catholic Church

November 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Foundation, Dan Burke, Donate, FEATURED, High Calling

I Love the Catholic Church

Two of the most troubling moments of my life as a Catholic occurred this year. The first was when I was editing an editorial of the National Catholic Register on the topic of seminarian abuse in South America. The second was when I was addressing a small group of faithful Catholics on the abuse crisis, and I broke down and wept uncontrollably. Both were a surprise, the latter required about twenty minutes to pass before I could... Read More

The Fire of Love in Purgatory

November 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

The Fire of Love in Purgatory All these things, which I have securely in mind to the extent that in this life I have been able to understand them,are, compared with what I have said, extremely great. Beside them, all the sights and sounds and justice and truths of this world seem to me lies and nothingness. I am left confused because I cannot find words extreme enough for these things. I perceive there to be so much conformity... Read More

Catholic Traditions and Treasures

November 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, FEATURED, Show Notes, Spiritual Direction

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as interview Dr. Helen Hoffner, the author of “Catholic Traditions and Treasures.” Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is Tradition? Bathtub Madonna Holy Cards Chalking Homes Resources: Spiritualdirection.com – website Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation Sophia Institute Press Catholic Traditions and Treasures by Dr. Helen Hoffner Little Oratory by David Clayton, Leila... Read More

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